Mentone Welcomes Fall with Colorfest
Mentone Welcomes Fall and All of Its Glory with the Annual Colorfest
A two-day celebration filled with free family fun atop Lookout Mountain welcomes the arrival of autumn, cooler temperatures and Mother Nature’s fabulous display of colors. Set for October 21-22, 2017, Colorfest brings together art, music, food and other activities, offering an exciting fun-filled weekend of entertainment for families to enjoy. Hosted by the Mentone Area Preservation Association (MAPA), the annual event has been a Mentone tradition for decades.
On Saturday morning, gates open at 9 a.m. to a display of handmade arts and crafts from approximately 90 talented artists and craftsmen. Vendors will be along North Cool Street on Mentone’s western brow, as well as at the site of the old Mentone Springs Hotel.
One of this year’s new features is the Kid Stop areas with activities and games so children and parents can take a break from browsing and have some family fun. Watch for the signs along the brow on N. Cool Street and at the old hotel site. On Saturday, carriage rides around the festival area and pony rides at the old hotel site will be available. Enjoy tossing a witch’s hat, mini golf, face painting and more. (Note: A nominal fee will be charged from some of the activities.)
While the annual event focuses on the artisans and their handmade works of art, live music will keep festivalgoers dancing and entertained throughout the weekend. The following schedule is subject to change.
10AM Richard Schrei (Native American flute)
11AM Loree Brownfeld accompanied by Craig Hendricks (New age classical)
12PM Curtis Strange and Dr. Rob (Electric soul)
1PM Jess Goggans (Mountain rock-infested blues, funk, and soul)
2PM Clare Donohue, Stephen Powers and RT Bolden (Jazz)
3PM The Vegetators (Hillbilly banjo bluegrass)
4PM Ryan Keef (Acoustic soul)
11AM Larry Joe Hall (Sojouner soul)
12PM John Lathim and Michelle Young (Celtic)
1PM James Loy Roberts, Lisa Crow and Jordan Brown
2PM Terry Hutcheson (Southern Folk Americana)
3PM Campfire Girls (Southern satirical sisters)
At 2 p.m., the Paws for the Cause Pet Parade hits the streets. Line up is at the Safe Haven Pet Rescue booth (Booth 56), and costumed pets will make their way down Cool Street to the hotel site stage where awards will be given for best costume, most original costume, pet owner look-a-like, best pet trick and judge’s choice. Registration fee is a minimum donation of $10 to Safe Haven Pet Rescue.
Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring their appetite. During Colorfest, MAPA is proud to present Taste of Mentone, featuring Mentone’s local restaurants. Wildflower Café and Plowshares Bistro will serve up their specialties at Brow Park, as well as at their regular locations. Other local restaurants participating in the Taste of Mentone directly from their locations include the Green Leaf Grill, Mentone Market, Lookout Outpost, and the Cones of Mentone. The volunteer fire department will be selling their famous barbecue at Brow Park, and there will be numerous other food vendors set up in various places at the festival.
Festivalgoers can also take part in the huge scavenger hunt throughout the town to win prizes, support local farmers at the Mentone Farmers Market at Town Square and enjoy a stroll through Scarecrow Holler and admire all of the creatively-crafted scarecrows (located between North Cool Street and the hotel site).
Special activities are also lined up on Friday night with music at the Town Square. From 6 to 9 p.m., the public is invited to enjoy an evening of music, chili, cornbread and hot apple cider served by Fontana Stinson. Slated to perform are Jerry Bloom and Friends.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Brow Park is located off of Alabama Highway 117, north at the caution light in Mentone. Admission is free and all activities are held rain or shine. For more information, visit the festival website.
In addition, festivalgoers can enjoy the brilliant colors of the changing riverbanks with a scenic pontoon boat ride on Little River. The boat will leave from DeSoto Falls about every 45 minutes and travel up river before returning. Each ride costs $15 and should last around 30 minutes. Hours of operation are Friday, October 20th from 1 p.m. to dusk, Saturday, October 21st from 10 a.m. to dusk and Sunday, October 22nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (All dates and times are weather permitting.) Kayak and canoe rentals are also available with launch times at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $30 for a three hour rental of a kayak and $45 for a three hour rental of a tandem kayak or canoe.
For information on Colorfest accommodations, visit our lodging page.